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Kenwood students named Gates Millennium Scholars

Kenwood students named Gates Millennium Scholars

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School seniors Khensura LoveEl, Amber Cowan, Kyra Kemp, Ibtihal Elfaki and Quinasia Douglas are recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The Gates Millennium Scholars program was established through partnerships between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and The(…)

Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair

Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair

Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Akiba-Schechter student Zev Goldberg won first place in the essay portion of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Competition for his paper on methane hydrates. Goldberg, an 8th grader at Akiba, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., competed against 7th to 12th grade students from all(…)

Recent concern about school inequality ignores Dyett

By Jay Travis Recently, Alds. Pat Dowell (3rd) and Will Burns (4th) demanded hearings be held after a report indicated that white students were enrolled at a significantly higher rate than African American students in Chicago’s top four selective enrollment high schools. The irony is that both Alds. Dowell and Burns have not been nearly(…)

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

Woodlawn, Washington Park mull Obama library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Residents of Woodlawn and Washington Park say that the Obama Presidential Library would bring jobs, economic prosperity and increased attention to the greater South Side. Many in Woodlawn and Washington Park see the library as a real opportunity to bring economic development to their neighborhood, while finding uses for vacant(…)

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

Coming flurry of retail action in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At Earl Shapiro Hall on Monday, May 12 the University of Chicago hosted a neighborhood discussion, the second in as many years, to increase its communication with Hyde Park residents. Among the topics covered were the fact that the U. of C. has turned the street around Harper Court’s office(…)

Trauma center advocates strike again

Trauma center advocates strike again

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma center advocates staged a sit in at a construction site near the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday morning. The Trauma Care Coalition (TCC), an organization of South Side residents demanding that the University of Chicago build a Level 1 adult trauma center on its campus, halted work at(…)

Ribs ‘N’ Bibs’ final chapter?

Hyde Park barbeque restaurant Ribs ‘N’ Bibs, 5300 S. Dorchester, closed Monday, May 12. The longtime institution — which opened at 5300 S. Dorchester Ave. in 1966 — has left few clues as to the reason for its sudden closing. Sheets of paper now cover the store’s windows and doors, where two handwritten signs both(…)

Mischievous Medieval Minstrels at the top of the Logan Center

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It can be fun and fascinating to learn about something just as it coalesces into being. Sunday night the newly formed University of Chicago Medieval Minstrelsy gave their first concert and I was there at the ground floor. And by ground floor I mean the penthouse of the university’s(…)

New murder mystery novel draws from Hyde Park

New murder mystery novel draws from Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker K.B. Jensen has published a new murder mystery novel, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood and her professional life. Entitled “Painting with Fire,” her book tells the story of an unemployed woman sharing an apartment with a man who has a shadowy past, on the heels of a murder(…)

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School recently received its second Illinois Spotlight Award. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) gives the award to schools with high poverty rates that are closing the academic achievement gap. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., is one of 37 schools(…)

Landscape architect reimagines Olmsted’s Jackson Park, makes pitch for conservancy and nixing golf driving range

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Nearly 40 people packed into the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., last Monday evening for the first neighborhood appearance by a landscape architect who may shape Jackson Park for years to come. Vermont-based architect Patricia O’Donnell was picked earlier this year by privately-funded non-profit Project 120(…)

Hyde Park teacher who cared for carjacking victim calls for trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man who was recently pinned underneath a car following a carjacking in Hyde Park waited 15 minutes for an ambulance to transport him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. On Saturday, May 10, around 11 a.m., a 16-year-old boy entered a vehicle that had been left unattended at the(…)

Better Government Association to host citizen watchdog training

The Better Government Association (BGA) will be hosting a citizen watchdog training session next Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event will focus on the Freedom of Information Act and how citizens can monitor their government. The event is free,(…)

Chicago Ensemble charms at I-House

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Chicago Ensemble, now in its 37th season, is clearly one of Chicago’s most durable music performing groups. Artistic director Gerald Rizzer has consistently proven that he can craft engaging programs that combine well-known works with music off the beaten path. Sometimes the lesser-known pieces are by the most(…)

Review: “In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through June 15 Tickets: $45-$70 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   The very best thing about the world premiere of Sara Gmitter’s “In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story” at Lookingglass Theatre Company is Andrew White’s performance as Charles(…)

U. of C. faculty to take on fossil fuel divestment

U. of C. faculty to take on fossil fuel divestment

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four University of Chicago faculty members will tackle the issue of U. of C. divestment from fossil fuels at an upcoming panel discussion. The event, presented by the UChicago Climate Action Network (UCAN), will take place next Monday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m., at International House, 1414 E. 59th St.(…)

Hyde Park man charged in murder role

Hyde Park man charged in murder role

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with illegally selling the gun that was used in the murder of a 14-year-old girl two weeks ago. Robert James, 34, of the 1300 block of East Hyde Park Avenue, was charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct — false report of offense(…)

Memorial planned for U. of C. law student killed in crash

Memorial planned for U. of C. law student killed in crash

Laura Anne LaPlante, 26, of Hancock, N.H., died May 2 from injuries sustained during a car crash on Lake Shore Drive, when a car traveling the wrong way collided with her vehicle. LaPlante distinguished herself among her classmates as a leader whose sharp intellect was matched by her kindness. She was a third year student(…)

Rodfei Zedek congregants recall terror under Nazi regime

Rodfei Zedek congregants recall terror under Nazi regime

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Three members of Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will share their childhood stories of Nazi-era Europe early next week. The panel discussion, which serves as this year’s final meeting of the Congregation Rodfei Zedek Sisterhood, will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19, at the(…)

Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Improvisational performer and software development executive Dan Friedrich recently purchased office space at East Park Tower. The space will serve as both a software company and an improv theater, said Friedrich. The 4,000-square-foot space, which he has named the “Silicon Gargoyle,” is located on the ground floor of the(…)